Trade liberalization, tax reform, and transparency in corporate ownership and international development are at the top of the G8 agenda, but they may be overshadowed by the civil war in Syria. This issue guide compiles news and analysis on policies on the table and member state's compliance with past years' commitments.
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From James Baker on Egypt to Laurie Garrett on food insecurity, read CFR.org Editor's Picks of eleven notable interviews in 2011.
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Why is the UN convening a summit-level meeting on illnesses like cancer and diabetes? This CFR guide looks at how these non-communicable diseases have amplified the burdens on developing states and the global threat they pose.
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Bad weather and threatened crops in the United States highlight the continuing problem in food prices and place new attention on global food policy.
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Calls for coordinated reductions in G20 economic imbalances are being eclipsed by criticism of the Fed's move to boost the U.S. economy, with experts divided on its economic and political merits.
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The G20's finance meeting failed to offer concrete steps to mitigate a "currency war," and reports say it highlighted the group's shortcomings as an international arbiter of economic policy.
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Supporters of genetically engineered food tout it as a boon at a time of global food shortages, but some critics see signs that modified foods may do more harm than good.
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Global oil production is flat and could fall if tightening credit limits further investment. The possibility of shrinking supplies has raised new concerns about spiking prices.
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A compilation of CFR.org's resources on globalization trends and trade policy.
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The unfolding financial crisis and credit crunch creates new political and economic challenges on greenhouse gas reductions schemes. Some experts fear a retreat on climate policy, while others stress that opportunities for green investments still exist.
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Many countries are reducing or ending fuel subsidies in the face of high fuel costs and the spreading financial crisis. Though the cuts may prove unpopular, some experts say they could help ease global oil demand.
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High food prices have swelled the number of people going hungry around the world. Food aid is also a culprit, say some experts.
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Rising commodity prices have boosted mining profits, bringing windfalls to some regions and raising the possibility of large-scale industry consolidation.
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A softer approach to terrorism, like the one adopted by Indonesia, may have valuable lessons for other countries struggling with militant violence.
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The rise of oil prices prompts calls for policy fixes, sparking heated debate among investors, politicians, and the energy industry.
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Microfinance has become a catchphrase for the development community, but its popularity has triggered debate about the practice.
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A mounting food crisis threatens grave consequences for the world’s poor. Experts blame rising oil prices and self-interested agricultural policies.
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The U.S. Federal Reserve made emergency rate cuts in the face of market pressure. Other central banks appear more hesitant, citing fears of inflation.
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Climate change poses major problems for some of the world’s established wineries, but grape growers see a future in Canada, Britain, and other cooler regions.
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As concerns grow over the increasing scarcity of fresh water, some experts weigh trading it as a commodity.
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